Braves fall to Redettes
GLADSTONE — The Gladstone volleyball team was down one here Tuesday, and the Marquette Redettes took full advantage to earn a straight-set Great Northern Conference victory, 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-11).
“I think Keeley (Angsten) did a good job stepping up in Ahna (Larson)’s position,” Braves’ coach Averi Kanyuh said.
Marquette came out quick in the first set with a 7-1 run — including an ace from Roxy Nelson.
The Braves added two thanks to Redettes mistakes to make it 7-3, but a short run from Marquette, bolstered by back-to-back aces from Maria Millado, increased its advantage to 11-3.
“I would say one of the things we’ve been working on is connecting our middle offense — so our setters running that fast offense to our middle hitters — and we were able to pull that off especially with Maria Millado,” Redettes’ coach Ann Crandell-Williams said. “I think she had quite a few kills tonight, but all of the middles tonight were able to put up that fast offense. I think we blocked well, but it wasn’t as strong of a serving night as we’ve had other nights. Overall, I think we served tough.”
The Redettes (11-1, 6-0 GNC) gave Gladstone opportunities throughout the set, the next five Braves’ points were due to Marquette errors, but it couldn’t capitalize.
“We struggled with a lack of communication and bringing up the intensity,” Braves’ coach Averi Kanyuh said. “I think we really need to focus on passing for our serve-receive, so we can focus on our offense more.”
Down 23-11, the Braves had a final opportunity when a Marquette serve landed out of bounds, and a net inference penalty added another. However, the set was sealed by an ace from Marquette’s Seiler Hruska.
“Seiler really plays year-round,” Crandell-Williams said. “She plays for one of the better club teams in the Midwest. That’s what she does, and we’re lucky to have her. She really raises the level of play on our team.”
In the second set, the Redettes took another early lead, but Gladstone cut its deficit and took the lead after an ace from Amber King-Rabitoy and a Marquette return landing out of bounds.
The teams remained in lockstep until a kill from Millado sparked a momentum shift for the Redettes.
Then, back-to-back Gladstone returns landed out of bounds to add to a four-point (15-11) Redettes’ advantage.
The Braves added two points from Marquette mistakes to make it 15-13, but a tip-over from Hruska and an ace from Taylor Marquardt erased any gain.
Gladstone added two more points — one on a block from Megan Crow — before Hruska went on a five-point run and accumulated three more aces to seal the set.
The story was the same in the third set as the Redettes jumped out to a 9-3 lead, which Gladstone reduced thanks to two Marquette mistakes. However, another short run from Hruska — and three back-to-back aces — extended the Redettes’ lead to 13-5.
The Braves found it difficult to string more than two points together for the remainder of the set, and Marquette finished it, and the match, on a 7-1 run.
Gladstone visits Escanaba Wednesday, while Marquette travels to Escanaba Thursday.
“I’m just telling the girls to take what we learned from (Tuesday)’s game and apply it to (Wednesday)’s game,” Kanyuh said of preparations for the match against Escanaba.